Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is a Charter School?
[ Read more in About Charter Schools section ]
Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice. The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission(our mission-'Enabling students to climb to heights that are their own'), program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor-- usually a state or local school board -- to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them.
 
  • Charter schools are tuition free, non-sectarian, and non-discriminatory in practice.
  • Charter schools are PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
  • Charter schools must be approved by the Texas State Board of Education

What makes Treetops different?
Each charter school has their own mission statement. Our mission statement-"Our mission is to inspire students to climb to new heights in service, character, and education by creating a positive, safe community."  Treetops provides a safe, supportive and personal education experience.  Our school is founded on the principle that strong teacher-student relationships, a balanced curriculum, and supportive environments are central to educational achievement and growth.  

Is Treetops an alternative school?
Treetops is NOT an alternative behavior or JJAEP school. We do not accept students that have been expelled or are in the process of expulsion. We offer an alternative education to the large traditional public school.

Why is the school's name Treetops School International?
Treetops students have traveled to many countries around the world as well as hosting international students on our campus.  

What curricula is taught?

After evaluating the curricula recommended by the Texas Education Agency, Treetops implemented Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in 2011 for all grade levels as outlined in the TEKS Resources.    TEKS guidelines are available on Texas Education Agency's website at www.tea.state.tx.us.  

Are you accredited?
Treetops School International is accredited for K-12th grade by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/CASI) and the Texas Education Agency.

 
What are attendance policies?
Treetops is a public school that by law requires 90% attendance to receive credit.  Section 25.087 provides "Excused and unexcused absences are counted in determining whether a student is in compliance with attendance requirements for class credit." 
 

What type of student does Treetops service?
Treetops is an inclusive school that respects all learning styles in a traditional setting. 

Does my child have to live in the area to attend Treetops?
No, you don't have to live in the area to attend Treetops. We accept students from many different  districts. To see a full list of approved districts, go to the About Treetops section.

Do you work with children with learning differences?
Treetops School offers a comprehensive system of Child Find in which all individuals birth through age 21 may or may not be in school and who fall within our jurisdiction, regardless of severity of the disability, will be located, identified, and evaluated. The referral, full and individual evalution and ARD (admission, review, and dismissal) / IEP (individual education plan) placement process adheres to all state and federal requirements.

What is your average class size?
The average class size is 17:1. Treetops School is an inclusive school that accommodates students with special needs in the least restrictive environment. Special needs students will be served in the classroom through differentiated curriculum modifications and or accommodations as identified in the individual education plans when appropriate.

Are you a Montessori school?
Hands-on multisensory learning continues to be a part of all grade levels; traditional curriculum and accreditation standards are met at all grade levels. 

How are students assessed?
Student achievement is reported every 3 weeks through progress reports and report cards every nine weeks. Grades 3-12 will administer the STAAR state assessment. Benchmark testing is done school wide at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year.

Does Treetops have a cafeteria?
Treetops does NOT have a cafeteria. Grades Kg-12th bring their lunches daily.

Do students wear uniforms?
No uniforms. Students enrolled in KG-8th grade are required to wear tennis shoes daily as they have PE daily. 9th-12th grade students, who are enrolled in a PE class, must wear or bring tennis shoes for PE.

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